Adopt-a-Family, Santa at Stillwater & bazaars galore: Five things to know in Burrillville this week

Crowds greeted Santa & Mrs. Claus as they arrived at the Victorian Holiday in Pascoag on Saturday.


The Burrillville Police Department’s annual Adopt-a-Family program is now underway, with the goal of providing a complete Christmas holiday for local families in need. This year, the department has identified 23 children in six families ranging in age from 3 months to 16 years old, and may be adding more.

The department purchases many gifts and is able to do more for recipients thanks to participation from the community. Those who want to help buy specific gifts, donate money or a gift card, or volunteer to help wrap it all up are asked to contact Lisa Rabideau at, or at (401) 568-9494 ext 1.

Bazaars & holiday fairs

Wonder of Christmas

Our Lady of Good Help/St. Theresa’a Church at 35 Dion Drive will hold the Wonder of Christmas Bazaar & Crafts Fair on Friday, Dec. 1 from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature bingo, raffles, holiday decor, hand knits, foods, sweets and treats, and Christmas carols. For more details visit

Bazaar & Antique Sale

First Universalist Church at 134 Harrisville Main St. will hold a Chrstmas Bazaar & Antique Sale on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The bazaar will feature Christmas décor, gifts, antiques and collectibles, elegant glassware, a penny social, yard sale items, and baked goods including home-made apple pies. Santa will visit the bazaar on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and guests are invited for a free photo. Donations for the church are welcome. For more information call (401) 568-8449 or (401) 500-0433.

Holiday Vendor Fair

Mapleville Farm at 544 Victory Highway in Mapleville will host a Holiday Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday Dec. 2 and 3. Get ready for holiday gift giving with local artisans in a festive atmosphere.

Jingle Mingle

The Burrillville High School Music Boosters’ annual Jingle Mingle Craft Fair will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at BHS at 425 East Ave. Purchase homemade crafts, Christmas gifts and baked goods, along with tickets for raffles including a 50/50, with proceeds to benefit music students.


Toti’s Tavern at 8 Callahan School St. will have visitors from Get in Line RI teaching beginner line-dancing on Friday, Dec. 1 from 7-11 p.m. The event is 21 plus and admission is $10.

Bravo Brewing Company at 75 Pascoag Main St. will welcome back Country artist Jake Hunsinger on Friday Dec. 1 from 6-9 p.m.

All About Amy will perform at Dev’s Tavern at 341 Chapel St. on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Santa at Stillwater

The Burrillville Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Santa at Stillwater event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Stillwater Mill Pavilion in Harrisville, with raffles and holiday music by the Burrillville Middle School Chorus, and the chance to decorate your own cookies at Jesse Smith Memorial Library, and enjoy donuts and hot chocolate provided by Uncle Ronnies Tavern.

Santa will arrive by Harrisville Fire Truck with a small present for good boys and girls, and children will get to meet him so he can hear their wishes. The event will also include the lighting of a new holiday light installation provided by the Burrillville Redevelopment Agency.

The blizzard date for the event is Saturday, Dec. 9.

Town meetings

The Burrillville Redevelopment Agency will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28 starting at 7 p.m. in the community room at Jesse Smith Library at 100 Tinkham Lane. The agenda is here.

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